Here in the Royal Borough of Kingston, our vision is that we build a national reputation as one of the very best places to live and work. We’re well on our way to achieving this and now have a rare opportunity for a highly motivated and committed social worker to join our locality teams.
About the role
We have an excellent opportunity for experienced social worker to take their practice to a new level, working with internal and external partners to promote positive outcomes for individuals that we work with, as well as being proactive in preventing harm from occurring to adults at risk.
In order to work effectively with people with an organic mental health diagnosis, including dementia, we are looking for a worker with a sound mental health experience to form part of community based Locality hubs, which are located at the Guildhall Complex but have a joint approach with both health professionals and the local community health providers. Each team works with adults from the age of 18 upwards, who need support as a result of the impact of long term health conditions.
The full time post holder will be working with mental health cases across the 3 locality hubs [Kingston, New Malden & Chessington & Surbiton].This role provides a supportive service to vulnerable adults living in the borough, being a smaller borough allows us to be well networked with colleagues and makes travelling around the borough easier.
Our involvement is proactive and empowering, focusing on liaising with individuals and their carers soon after their initial referral in order to assess their needs and create effective outcome-focused support plans. We work closely with the Reablement service in order to maximise people’s independence, choice and quality of life.
In order to promote a flexible, seamless service and offer continuity for individuals where required, we are able to provide targeted ongoing support. As such, our social workers have a varied caseload and are able to utilise the support of other specialist practitioners across other parts of the service.
In this role you’ll hold a number of cases across the hubs and be required to undertake safeguarding investigations which will vary with different levels of complexity and risk. You’ll also be responsible for undertaking reviews of our service users and supporting them and their needs as required, within the statutory timescales.
We would also expect you to provide supervision/specialist mental health support to the Mental Health Support Coordinator and other staff members in the hubs, particularly those working with clients who present with complex mental health issues.
To achieve this you’ll need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication, assessment and case management skills, you’ll also need to possess effective organisation skills in order to balance and manage your cases and workload. In addition you’ll need to have knowledge and experience of applying the both the local and the Pan London Safeguarding Protocol, and a sound and up to date knowledge of all relevant legislation, social care initiatives and priorities.
Benefits we offer
Kingston Council has good access to central London and our offices are a short walk from the station based in the middle of the historic and vibrant high street next to the open spaces of the river Thames, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live and work
The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of staff benefits, some of which include:
- 29 days annual leave - In addition you will receive 8 statutory bank holidays
- Local government pension scheme
- Interest free season loan ticket
- Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
- Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
- Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
- A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee's views are valued
- Modern and flexible working environment allowing employees to benefit from agile working practices
Kingston has a long history, a strong cultural and community heritage and is set to be one of the fastest growing areas of London.
Situated in Zone 5, Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London – just 12 miles from central London with direct train links from Kingston and Surbiton stations to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground, Tramlink and Thameslink trains. There’s also an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M3 and M25.
Our offices are located in the town centre just a few steps from the ancient market, thriving town centre and the waterfront.
How to apply
To apply please complete our online application form, making sure you provide a supporting statement outlining what skills, experience and abilities you can bring. Please ensure you refer to the role profile when completing your supporting statement.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Rachel Lukwago (Team Manager – Kingston) on 0208 547 6130 - no agencies please.
Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a DBS check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.
The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.
We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.